Life Is Just A Long Range Hustle
Just a scant few hours after leaving the stage of Toronto’s venerable Horseshoe Tavern, Jay Foster, singer, pianist and songwriter for Toronto-based Long Range Hustle, is hard at work, laying the media foundations for the band’s second album, titled `Town’ which will be released February 15th.
Produced by Scotland’s Tony Doogan, noted for his work with the likes of Snow Patrol and Wintersleep, at The Tragically Hip’s Bathouse Studios near Kingston, Foster explains that there’s a conceptual element to the idea that the album’s material is about people who live in this nondescript town.
“It’s a realization that within this town you have this tapestry of tragedy and triumph,” Foster noted. “Each song doesn’t necessarily flow into each other, It’s more like a writing device for us when we created this album, it allowed us to write from our own personal perspective.”
With two songs; “Crush You” and “Morning Cover” already released, which presents the band’s piano-centred sound (very much like a young One Republic), Long Range Hustle have achieved a rapid growth over the past three years, touring with the likes of The Arkells and Big Wreck and drawing rave reviews from a one-month residency at Toronto’s famed Dakota Tavern.
Originating from the Ottawa Valley town of Tweed, Foster hooked up with vocalist/guitarist Paul Brogee while at high school which also introduced him to Brogee’s younger brother Mark who now plays bass in the band. Guitarist Ryan Pritchard was another high school buddy and drummer AJ Fisico attended a musical camp with the other members.
The band’s name came from a pool game that Paul Brogee used to play and consistently lose. “Paul would just shrug and say it was his long-range hustle and we kind of adopted that phrase,” explained Foster. “That became our mantra. When things went bad, we’d just say, “that’s our long-range hustle”.
A self-produced debut album `From Seedlings To Saplings’ gave the band confidence they should take their musical careers seriously and assistance from now band manager Aven Hoffarth has nurtured their evolving professionalism while the production work of Duggan has further developed the band’s style and sound.
“The reaction to our two new songs on Spotify has definitely given us some momentum and look to build on this when we release the new album,” enthused Foster. “We are planning on heading out West in support of `Town’, come back and do the Ontario circuit and then we hope to head out East this summer and maybe get on a couple of festivals.”